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BUCS Nationals brings us home 9 Medals!
This weekend saw the return of another BUCS Nationals weekend in Sheffield. We sent 94 athletes to the event in 7 out of the 8 sports on offer.
Nationals started on Friday 16th February with badminton, fencing, swimming and athletics and our first stop was the Men’s Badminton at the English Institute of Sport (EIS), all 16 badminton courts were in action from 9 am and we had a total of 23 players competing in a pool of 512 students; in Men’s Singles and Doubles, Women’s Singles and Doubles and Mixed Doubles competitions with several making it through to the second round of competition in only their second year of Individual representation.
With no swimmers in action on Day 1 we headed over to the fencing venue to catch the knockout round of Men’s Epee and Women’s Sabre. We had 2 women competing in the Sabre and both showed fantastic fight throughout, with Sherry reaching the last 32 and Niamh making the Quarter finals but narrowly missed out on a Semi Final spot after missing out to the eventual Champion from Heriot Watt University.
Men’s Epee saw 5 Students take part including scholars James Odgers and Louis Jenkins.
Filipe, Jake. Louis came up against tough opposition in round of the last 64
Jake and Felipe sadly faced each other in the last 32 which meant one would miss out on progressing any further. Felipe came through victorious but narrowly missed out on a place
Scholarship athlete James had a storming run through the competition after coming back from injury in recent weeks to make his first Semi Final and a guaranteed Bronze medal. James was up against Sebastian Van Gilst of St. Andrew’s; it was a tough match but achieved a well-deserved Bronze Medal, our first medal of Nationals!
Saturday 18th February saw all 8 sports in action and what a Saturday it turned out to be. The medal haul on Saturday alone was 6! 1 Gold, 2 silvers and 3 bronze medals. Judo was one of the first stops in the new venue of Ice Sheffield, we sent 11 competitors and 3 won medals. Our Gold medal came in the Men’s +100Kg category with Mohamed-Amine Ghendir winning all 4 fights to take the overall victory. In the Women’s -52Kg category we had 2 competitors, Mehreen Khan won Silver and Arisa Roongjirarat took the bronze!
Later in the afternoon we won 2 team medals in the Short Range Rifle (Bronze) and Climbing (Bronze)
Late into the evening came our final medal of the day in the Men’s 200m Breaststroke back at the pool with scholar John Britton collecting the Silver medal in a time of 2:16.21 behind James Wilby of Loughborough. This was momentous for swimming at Imperial as it is the first swimming medal the College has won in BUCS, superb achievement!
The final day of competition started down at the Swimming pool to see John Britton race in the Men’s 200m Individual Medley. He qualified 7th fastest going into the final and in his third final of the weekend finished in an impressive 5th place. We hot footed straight over to the EIS for the Women’s Long Jump final, Sarah Abrams was up and after qualifying with a new PB she went on to achieve a fist round jump of 5.79m exceeding her PB once more. It was a really strong field and she narrowly missed out on a medal finishing 5th overall. We were in one more final to wrap up a great athletics event, with Sarah Johnson going in her first BUCS Indoor 3000m. She came through in 10th place in a time of 10:19.34.
Our final events of the weekend took us back to the fencing with the Men’s Foil and Women’s Epee taking place. We had 9 students taking part in the final day of action and we joined it for the latter stages with Francesca Cavallo and Guillermo Delbergue going strong. After a closely fought match with a competitor from UCL Francesca went on to storm through to the Semi Finals. After winning a bronze medal in 2016 she was desperate to go at least one better. It was another thrilling match which saw her sail into her first BUCS Final. She was up against Danielle Lawson from Nottingham Trent, the match did not disappoint and could have gone either way. It was Danielle who as successful so Fran finished her final BUCS Nationals with a sublime silver medal. Whilst Fran was progressing through the competition so was Guillermo. Scholar Guillermo came into the knockouts seeded third and was very relaxed and confident throughout the latter stages. Yet again it was a fantastic end to another successful year of fencing with Guillermo powering into the BUCS Final against Canadian Eli Schenkel. It was an eventful final with a close fought contest in the first half, a broken blade and spectacular celebrations Guillermo went on to win Gold (our second of the weekend) and become National Men’s Foil Champion 2018.
It was Imperial’s most successful BUCS National Championships to date bringing home 9 medals in total and over 50 BUCS points. Great team unity and club support for everyone and congratulations to all medallists and competitors over the entire weekend.
Club sport highlights
A showcase of our sporting highlights from the 2016-17 season.